Fantasy Basketball Pro Leagues
Yahoo Sports Fantasy Basketball Pro Leagues is a skill competition against others to win cash prizes using your knowledge and skill in assembling and managing a fantasy basketball team made of real-life NBA players. The better your players perform in real-life games, the more value they bring to your fantasy team.
Your goal: Field a better team and score more points than your opponent each week.
After reading this FAQ, don't forget to read the Official Rules and Additional Terms of Service for Pro Leagues which govern your participation and eligibility in the game. If there's a conflict between the Official Rules, Additional Terms of Service, and/or these instructions, the Official Rules always have the final say.
All Pro Leagues run over a 24-week season, tipping off October 29th, 2013.
Game Weeks generally follow a Monday-Sunday (7 day) schedule, beginning each Monday morning at midnight PT and ending the following Sunday night at 11:59:59 PM PT, or at the conclusion of the final Sunday night game if it hasn't ended by then.
Game Week 1 follows a 6-day schedule, beginning October 29, 2013 at midnight PT and ending November 3, 2013 at 11:59:59 PM PT, or at the conclusion of the final Sunday night game if it hasn't ended by then.
Game Week 24 follows a 10-day schedule, beginning April 7, 2014 at midnight PT and ending April 16, 2014 at 11:59:59 PM PT, or at the conclusion of the final Wednesday night game if it hasn't ended by then.
Pro Leagues are each made up of 12 teams, are public, use the same standard settings, are scored in a either a head-to-head or rotisserie format, and are offered in 3 competition levels:
- PRO20 ($20 entry fee)
- PRO100 ($100 entry fee)
- PRO250 ($250 entry fee)
You can sign up for as many Fantasy Basketball Pro Leagues as you want -- there's no limit!
Once you're signed up, you'll be randomly placed in a league with other managers who have chosen the same competition level, scoring system, and draft date and time.
Each Game Week, you'll square off in a match-up against another manager's team. During that Game Week's NBA games, each team's players earn fantasy points for their performances in a variety of real-life statistical categories. If your team's players score more points than the other team's, you win!
When you sign up for your team, you'll select your draft date and time. If all 12 slots are filled by the time your draft is scheduled to start, your league will conduct a live, online draft to determine the rosters for each team.
If there are any empty slots when your league is scheduled to draft, your league will be disbanded and everyone will be issued a credit for use towards a team in another Pro League (you'll automatically be issued a refund if you don't use your credit before registration closes).
Head-to-Head leagues - If a Game Week is already underway when your league drafts, your league won't begin until the start of the following Game Week and its Fantasy Regular Season will be shortened accordingly.
Rotisserie - In rotisserie leagues, your league will begin play the day following your draft if a Game Week is already underway when your draft takes place.
For more information, see the dates and deadlines for the current season.
Once your draft is complete, your team will have a full roster of starting and bench players. If don't make any changes, your starting line-up will consist of the starters that you designated during the draft.
Throughout the season, it's up to you to make adjustments to your roster based on your knowledge and skill in evaluating how your players are performing.
You can manage the players on your team by moving them between starting and bench positions, adding or dropping them through waivers or free agency, or by trading them with other teams.
Keep in mind, there are deadlines for when roster moves can take place.
In the NBA, teams use "waivers" to make a player's rights available in a way that gives every other team a fair chance to claim them.
Just like in the pros, Pro Leagues feature a waiver system that builds upon the real-life waiver concept in a number of ways.
Learn more about our waiver system using our waivers overview.
All players not currently on a team in your league (and who are not currently on waivers) are considered free agents.
Free agents may be acquired by any manager in the league on a first-come, first-served basis.
Learn more about the free agency system using our free agency overview.
The playoff system in Pro Leagues is different depending on your league's scoring format.
At the conclusion of Game Week 20, the top 6 teams in the standings are matched up against each other in a 4-week playoff for bragging rights and cash payouts!
In rotisserie leagues, the league champion is determined by the final standings after Game Week 24. If there is a tie at the top of the standings, co-champions will be declared.
When it's all said and done, each league's top-3 managers will be paid out based on how they fared in the playoffs.
- League Champion
- PRO20 Leagues: $120
- PRO100 Leagues: $600
- PRO250 Leagues: $1,500
- League Runner-Up
- PRO20 Leagues: $70
- PRO100 Leagues: $360
- PRO250 Leagues: $900
- League Second Runner-Up
- PRO20 Leagues: $30
- PRO100 Leagues: $140
- PRO250 Leagues: $350